The Library to Host an Evening of Music and Conversation with a Hip-Hop Icon Krayzie Bone

Kick it with Cleveland Public Library and Rap Icon Krayzie Bone of Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony for the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop.

Meet us at the crossroads of East 6th and Superior in downtown Cleveland for Floetic Fusions: Celebrating Hip-Hop Legends and Giving Flowers to the Culture. The event will be held in the Eastman Reading Garden of Main Library on Friday, August 11 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Space is limited so reserve a seat TODAY.

Floetic Fusions kicks off the Hip-Hop celebration weekend with a candid conversation featuring Krayzie Bone, esteemed New York Times reporter and author Jonathan Abrams who wrote The Come Up: An Oral History of the Rise of Hip-Hop, DJ Phatty Banks, LaRese Purnell of CLE Consulting Firm, and Jason Hanley, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Visitor Engagement at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hip-Hop lovers will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Copies of Abrams’ best-selling book, The Come Up, will be available for attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss the chance to grab this captivating read!


Get a fresh cut and an enjoyable read at a local barbershop in Cleveland. Cleveland Public Library, in partnership with Reading RAMM and Spread the Love Foundation, is launching the Barbershop Books program at the Glenville Hip-Hop 50 Festival on Saturday, August 12 from noon – 4:00 p.m. As part of the launch, Solar Mobile Studio will provide free haircuts to the community.

As part of the Barbershop Book program, 11 barbershops will offer reading spaces to connect young Black readers to fun, culturally relevant, and age-appropriate literature.

“Cleveland Public Library is empowering young minds through the power of words and representation,” said Charles Byrd, Director of Education at Cleveland Public Library. “The Barbershop Books program will foster a love of reading and provide children access to diverse stories and characters.”


There’s still time to join the Cleveland READS challenge. Sign up at and help Cleveland read 10 million minutes by the end of the year.